Current Conditions

Mainly Sunny

Man, dog almost squished in garbage truck

A homeless man and a dog were nearly crushed today when the bin they were sleeping in was picked up by a recycle truck.
March 27, 2013 - 5:03 PM

By Shannon Quesnel

A homeless man and a dog were almost crushed early this morning.

A recycling truck picked up a cardboard recycling dumpster at 1636 Main St. Inside the dumpster was a homeless man and his dog.

The driver started to compact the load when the homeless man banged on the truck's interior. The driver stopped what he was doing and called emergency services.

Penticton Fire and Rescue got the call at 6:26 a.m. Firefighters helped the two out of the truck with a ladder. Paramedics examined the man, found him very frightened and not seriously injured. An RCMP constable removed the dog and returned him to the man.

The homeless individual told police this was not the first time this had happened to him and agreed to find a safer place to sleep in the future. He then left the scene.

Deputy Fire Chief Dave Spalding said he has never heard of such a thing happening in this area.

“That would have been a first for me.”

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at or call 250-488-3065.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2013
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular penticton News
  • Comments
  • Body of missing Cache Creek fire chief found
    CACHE CREEK - The body of Clayton Cassidy has been found. Around 10:30 p.m. yesterday, May 27, members of the Ashcroft fire department found his body during a patrol of Cache Creek, accordin
  • TRENDING NOW: Instant karma for angry dog walker
    When crossing a street we all pay attention to a car pulling up to an intersection, but this man seems to get really riled up for some reason. Of course, his threatening behaviour is under c
  • Okanagan Indian Band warns of 'dangerous, disgusting and filthy dirty' flood water
    OKANAGAN - You might think it novel to cruise through flooded yards on a paddle board, or float around on an inner tube, but the Okanagan Indian Band is popping that idea with a blunt warning: flo
  • Firefighters rescue unexpected visitors during blaze battle in Calgary
    Calgary firefighters made an unexpected rescue when they were battling a house fire in the city's southwest. On Friday afternoon, a passerby called 911 to report smoking coming from a ho
  • Fire on Front Street
    PENTICTON - Penticton firefighters spent a hot afternoon battling a fire on Front Street today. Penticton Deputy Fire Chief Chris Forester said in a release Sunday evening, May 28, firefight
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile